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  1. Future Olympic lightweight-female dinghy

    I think we just found our new Olympic class!
  2. Future Olympic lightweight-female dinghy

    I was never a fan of the Laser becoming an Olympic class. Ironically given the current ownership and management, Olympic class status may be the only thing helping the builder stay on.
  3. There was one guy, Dick Hoover, who was the center of that fleet for decades. I heard he died about a year ago. He helped teach generations of people how to sail. My father sailed with him in the 70s.
  4. Future Olympic lightweight-female dinghy

    I think the 4.7 serves a purpose. Parents have an adolescent kid coming out of Optis who is still a little too small for even a Radial. It's a little underpowered for the boat, but the 4.7 will get them out sailing. Six months later after a growth spurt, the kid can move on to the Radial. The parents only have to invest in a lower spar and a sail instead of a whole new boat. An Olympic class it ain't.
  5. University of Colorado Sailing Team

    I have ALWAYS wanted to try iceboating. I got in contact with somebody online once, and he recounted the narrow range of conditions where it practical (just "frozen" is not enough). There was one regatta where everyone wound up driving from New England to Michigan to find good ice.
  6. what is it?

    Are the foils self-tacking?
  7. Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    Looking at Google maps, 10 Marshall Street is a building that is a couple blocks from the water but doesn't look too convenient for boat launching. It does say "Maclaren" on the door.
  8. rs aero

    I had to read up on the Sea Star Base. I saw it when I was visiting a few weeks ago and thought it was a condo complex. It's impressive complex, starting as a Sea Scout base with a five-story dormitory. I just wonder about the location, being so exposed to hurricanes and a good distance away from Houston. It looks like it was recently opened up for more events like national championships to increase the utilization.
  9. rs aero

    It would be tempting to charter one at Galveston as that's near my hometown. However being the North Americans, I think the charters ought to be reserved for actual dues-paying class members/owners.
  10. rs aero

    Will the charter trailer be showing up at any of these events?
  11. Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    My two cents. This isn't about finding a replacement builder for Lasers to use in the Olympics, but a replacement class for the single-handed events. I was never a fan of the Laser being an Olympic class to start with, but now I wonder what will happen to the class if it is dropped. I don't imagine the IOC giving two shits about how WS conducts the Olympic sailing events as long as the go off without a hitch, on budget, with increased female and smaller country representation.
  12. Don't impede the regatta (rowers)

    Well known case of a Charleston tour boat hitting a Laser about ten years back. Nobody hurt, both sides hired lawyers and argued back and forth. I believe he wound up with a new Laser out of the deal. http://propercourse.blogspot.com/2007/07/not-today-please.html
  13. What Are Your Sailing Goals for 2018?

    Give Laser Performance as little of my money as possible.
  14. New to me V15

    Depends on the level of performance of the boat. On higher performance boats with a tight rig, the jib luff wire takes the load as you describe. Someone with V15 experience would need to answer the question, but the V15 is probably right on the edge of high/low performance.
  15. Huh? New Sunfish Class?

    From Mr. Roy in the latest Laser Sailor in regards to parts shortages: "We continue to encourage LP to improve this situation and the ongoing relationship in general, but it continues to be frustrating and also confusing to understand LP's business objectives and the message it is sending to Laser sailors. What's unusual is that the Class Association's objective, at the World, Regional and District levels, is to operate as non-profit organizations that ultimately (and indirectly) promote LP products through the organization of events where these LP sold products are needed and used by the participants. From a monetary perspective, the Class' use of the Laser name and logo is solely to the benefit of Laser Performance's business."